VANCOUVER, Wash — Washington State University Vancouver’s Honors Program is hosting a free lecture featuring activist, writer, journalist and philosopher Derrick Jensen on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Student Services lecture hall.
“All across the country, I ask activist and others, ‘Do you believe our culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane a sustainable way of living?’ Out of hundreds of people I’ve asked, not a single one has answered even remotely affirmative,” he said.
Jensen has been an active commentator in the alternative press, interviewing such figures as Ramsey Clark, Satish Kumar, Joseph Campbell, Robert McChesney, Vine Deloria, Kalle Lasn, Frances Moore LappÃ©, John Zerzan and Robert Jay Lifton.
In his recent book, “A Language Older than Words,” Jensen examines how humans retreat into silence, denial, deception, and self-reproach in the face of deep injustice. In a series of essays he relates his life experiences as a small farmer and bee-keeper, a creative writing instructor in a federal prison, and as an activist opposing the logging industry and the decimation of wild salmon.
This discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, call (360) 546-9630. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205.